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What better way to spend more time on the trace track than to build one in your own back yard. Or better still, your front yard, as your driveway, tempting you to set a new record lap every time you return home.
That’s exactly what former Pikes Peak record holder Rod Millen has done at his New Zealand ranch.
The track itself is over a mile long, although definitely not up to FIA regulations when it comes to the width. It took several years to complete, and incorporates several traits from other Hillclimb events, including the treacherous Pikes Peak and the Goodwood Festival of Speed – where he reportedly came up with the idea in 2002.
Recently completed, Millen invited friends and fellow racers to his “Leadfoot Ranch,” where he hosted the first ever running up his driveway (the Leadfoot Festival) in celebration of his 60th birthday.
Wish you could have been there? We do too. So it’s a good thing Millen videotaped his run in his 800-hp Toyota Celica race car.
Watch the video after the jump:
So what exactly does the world’s fastest Nissan GT-R look like? A little bit underwhelming we have to say, but this thing is one fast machine. Ever since 2006, this R32 GT-R has been lighting up the record books running 7-second passes and taking away HKS’ title back in 2007. Based out of New Zealand, it pops up from time to time in Australia for their massive Jamboree event featuring some of the fastest import drag racers in the world.
The team’s weekend of racing was cut short, but not without laying down a solid 7.73 @ 187 mph pass. And while that’s impressive, it’s just short of the car’s best time of 7.57 at 190-mph. The Heat Treatments team said that the GT-R will be back for the November event and they look forward to making some consistent mid 7-second passes.
Even though sport compact and import drag racing isn’t as big of a craze in America as it used to be, it’s hard to not admire these 1000-hp+ cars piloting straight down the track. We’re curious how long it will take before an R35 GT-R comes around to dethrone this monster, you know it’s only a matter of time.
Check out a video from 2009 after the break.